A St. George student was arrested on Tuesday and is accused of planning a shooting at Snow Canyon Middle School, St. George police announced.
The juvenile was arrested after a school resource officer investigated a text thread that referenced a possible school shooting.
The officer was able to identify the student from the text messages, and police interviewed him and his parents.
He was arrested, charged with a third-degree felony, and taken to a juvenile detention center.
School administrators and the Washington County School District were made aware of the situation, police stated.
Because the student is a juvenile, he has not been identified by police.
The Washington County School District released the following statement regarding the incident:
There has been another hoax/threat going around via text message tonight. St. George Police wasted no time finding the individual responsible and an arrest has been made. This is a serious crime and it will not be tolerated.
Let’s consider what we just said, a child has been arrested for a threatening message they thought would be funny. We are 100 percent supportive of police efforts to fully prosecute any and all students who threaten others; and punishments will be severe.
We would encourage you to speak with your students about this and help them understand that a foolish message can have severe and lasting consequences.
We expect to have an increase in police presence throughout our schools and communities tomorrow. We want to sincerely thank St. George Police and the officers of Santa Clara/Ivins police department for their selfless service to our children and our communities.
While there is no legitimate threat, we want you to be aware and express our confidence in our law enforcement agencies.
Thank you for your support.
Washington County School District"